Preview: OGC Nice v Olympique de Marseille

Preview: OGC Nice v Olympique de Marseille

Marseille will travel the 200km of beach coastline on Friday night as they take on OGC Nice at the Allianz Riviera in Derby du Sud. OM Coach Marcelo Bielsa is without some key defenders as they look to keep pace with Olympique Lyonnais at the top of Ligue 1. Nice will be no walkovers, with Les Aiglons coming back from one-goal down in their last two games to pick up all six points. Claude Puel’s side…

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Coupe de France Preview: Grenoble Foot 38 v Olympique de Marseille

Nothing like a cup tie between two league leaders to whet the appetite ahead of the Coupe de France’s round of 64 fixtures on the first weekend of the new year. CFA leaders Grenoble take on Ligue 1 surprise leaders Olympique de Marseille at the Stade des Alpes in what will promise to be an exciting, if not chilly fixture in the mountain region. Marcelo Bielsa may want to decide on sitting on something other…

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PREVIEW: Marseille v Lille – Week 19

PREVIEW: Marseille v Lille – Week 19

On Sunday afternoon Marseille finish 2014 with an amazing opportunity to finish as Ligue 1’s Autumn champions. Something that 12 months ago would have seemed almost impossible. With Paris Saint-Germain drawing 0-0 with Montpellier on Saturday night, OM is on the same points going into Sunday’s game against Lille, and only a two-goal defeat would see Marseille fail to stay above the Parisians. Lyon play Bordeaux in the late game and could leap frog both…

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Preview : Monaco v Marseille – Week 18

Monaco had a pleasing midweek, securing their progression to the knock-out stages of the Champions League with a 2-0 win over FC Zenit, but with the worrying caveat of going through with only 4 goals scored, the least goal-scorey of all the teams going through by some distance (although, with only one goal against, the least goal-concedey too). They have 21 in the league, which is actually joint fifth, so not that bad, and their defence…

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Olympique Lyonnais v Olympique de Marseille: Return to the old days

Olympique Lyonnais v Olympique de Marseille: Return to the old days

In some ways, it feels like a bit of a return to the days of Le Championnat before Qatari and Russian billionaires took over at PSG and Monaco. The days in which former giants Marseille, and more particularly Lyon, were the form teams in the league, and where an Olympico fixture would dominate the footballing chatter in France. This Sunday promises to captivate the imagination. Consider last season, where the two Olympiques scuffled for a meagre…

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Five reasons to watch Ligue 1: Water way to bounce back

Five reasons to watch Ligue 1: Water way to bounce back

Water way to bounce back Marseille’s run of victories has been well documented of late but can you name the other team who over the last three rounds of matches have matched their winning ways? You may think PSG perhaps? Bordeaux possibly? Lyon maybe? Nope, it is Evian Thonon Gaillard. Les Roses are currently on a hot streak of three consecutive wins. These were important wins as well, over teams who many predict will be…

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From Marseille to Moscow: The success of Mathieu Valbuena

From Marseille to Moscow: The success of Mathieu Valbuena

When Mathieu Valbuena left Ligue 1 for Russian side Dynamo Moscow, there was a worry that it was a bad move for the 29-year-old midfielder. He had just come off the back of a wonderful World Cup campaign in Brazil, the football world was left baffled as to why no bigger clubs had made a move. There is always the worry that his career would take a dive and he’d end up back in France…

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André-Pierre Gignac: Letting the good times roll at Marseille

André-Pierre Gignac: Letting the good times roll at Marseille

“He doesn’t scare me!” was the rallying cry of an unnecessarily defensive André-Pierre Gignac in May when rumours were swirling that fearsome, but respected coach Marcelo Bielsa was about to be handed the reins at a disjointed and down Olympique de Marseille. You can excuse Gignac for again feeling like he needed to prove a point for the incoming coach after returning a club-best 16 league goals – his highest tally in OM colours, and…

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